Title

Reminder Systems for Self uterine massage in the prevention of postpartum blood loss

Document Type

Article

Department

Obstetrics and Gynaecology (East Africa)

Abstract

Background: Uterine massage may significantly reduce post partum blood loss and could be patient-driven.

Objective: To assess the effectiveness of an alarm reminder system for self uterine massage in the prevention of post partum blood loss.

Design: A random controlled trial.

Setting: Meru District Hospital, Kenya.

Subjects: One hundred and twenty seven (127) women were randomly assigned to a 15 minute alarm reminder system (71) and non-alarm (56) control arm during the fourth stage of labour.

Results: Uterine massage compliance was better in the alarm group compared to the non-alarm group ( Average massage of seven and two in two hours respectively P-value <0.0001), however the difference in blood loss was not significant 45.6 ml (95% CI 43-46) vs 47.1 ml (95% CI 43-52)ml p-value 0.892.

Conclusion: Uterine massage compliance is remarkably increased by the use of an alarm reminder.

Publication

East African Medical Journal